Mar 6, 2012 12:00am PST
gingrich would have left a long time ago if he did not have a superpower. mitt romney would not have been in a strong opposition as he is today. there is no doubt about it. supertax have fundamentally altered the nature of the campaign. it has made it more negative, and it has made campaigning less transparent, so you do not know exactly where the attack ads are coming from. it is not good for the party or for the country in general. >> i think you are right. i think it is bad on both sides. i was upset with the president for embracing this nonsense. i think it is wrong across the board, but what do we do about? >> i think it is up to the united states congress and the president of the united states to pass some form of campaign finance reform that the supreme court not overturned. there has to be a way to draft a bill that would prevent a billionaire to be able to write $10 billion checks of the time to keep the campaign going but does not have the support of individual americans. i am not a huge fan of individual limits to campaigns. i think people should be able to give what they want
Mar 1, 2012 8:00am EST
another tur in michigan. polls are tight between mitt romney and rick santorum, despite the fact that michigan is mitt romney's home state. tonight actress and film maker jennifer westfeldt is here. she is the director and star the new film "friends with kids." debbie dingell and jennifer westfeldt coming out. >> every community has a martin luther king boulevard. it is a place to gather with your community to make everyday better. >> and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. tavis: a quick look ahead to what is coming up here this week. tomorrow i will be joined by singer-songwriter sinead o'connor. she is out with an acclaimed new cd, that maybe her most personal project to date. i will be joined by two of the leading heart experts for an in- depth conversation on ways we can improve our heart health. despite all of the improvements in medicine, heart disease remains the no. 1 cause of death across america. we will have a conversation on a supreme court review on a major vote -- a major affirmative action case. those who support affirmative acti
Mar 7, 2012 12:00am PST
need? you are leading mitt romney and rick santorum and newt gingrich by double digits in most of these states begin i am just trying to find out about a decision to be statesmanlike, and you talk about the legacy. putting some more tea and mccain-feingold, starting to get money out of our politics. why not? >> i think he still could do that in this campaign. he only made this announcement one month ago. they can pull back from the brink. everybody knows who he is. he is going to win because he is barack obama, not because of the money. you and i are agreeing so much is a problem. he should do that. it would be a wonderful thing, and then he would have momentum when he comes in next january, like you and i have talked about. to propose these things when you have gone the way, it does look hypocritical. i urge the president to reverse this. it has not gone too far. the american people are on to it. they know that citizens united is a fraud, and this president can start it sooner rather than later. tavis: stephen colbert. everybody understands what a joke this super pac stuff is.
Mar 1, 2012 12:00am EST
. even ronald reagan didn't look that strong. romney has a long-- you know he has a long haul and he can turn things around, but, boy, he has to turn them around because he has had a very bad month. >> rose: mike, if you were writing a speech for him to start the campaign in ohio what, would you say? what would be the theme of your speech? >> well, i would be-- i'd be back to laser beam on jobs. i'd take a positive tack to the campaign. i would not use the candidate mitt as the voice of negative attacks. that's what you have surrogates for and advertising for. i think mitt ought to run as a strong coach. define the job to fit your guy. mitt is a tough business guy who delivers results. he shouldn't be the lovable smiling guy. they think he is a rich wall street shark. that's a bad thing, but if you can turn the job of president into somebody who does more than talk, actually delivers, a tough coach kind of argument, then you fit the job to the guy and you can make the argument. so i want less smiling salesman. i want more tom landry. >> i totally agree with mike on this. i think-- get hi
Mar 20, 2012 2:00pm PDT
the republicans and romney in the race at the moment who are activating the super pacs religiously. gingrich would have been gone were not for the super pacs. mr. obama has done a 180 and he is playing the super pac game. who do we expect in washington is going to fix this one the people that we did send there are playing this game on both sides of the aisle? who has the magic want to fix it? -- wand to fix it? you cannot rely on the executive branch. mr. obama did a 180. you cannot rely on the legislative branch. the judicial branch made corporations people. you ain't got the three branches of government. >> we have 320 million people and how many of those are voters? we had a big turnout in our election system. we take this system for granted. the american people have on occasion rallied objective things. you have seen a transition. bank of america threatens a fee on cards and we have legislation, telemarketers on saturday night come overnight, we can get rid of that. we still have a democracy. we can do this. i happen to advocate for this campaign. remember that $10 check off? we cannot give 10
Mar 30, 2012 2:00pm PDT
romney or president santorum? for any flaws we see in president obama, i think he is better than any alternative we can look at. tavis: join us tomorrow for our final conversation on women, children, and poverty in america. see you tomorrow. >> for more information on today's show, visit tavis smiley at pbs.org. tavis: hi, i'm tavis smiley. join me next time for a conversation about women, children, and poverty in america. >> every community has a martin luther king boulevard. it's the cornerstone we all know. it's not just a street or boulevard, but a place where walmart stands together with your community to make every day better. >> making a difference every day. >> and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> be more.
Mar 2, 2012 12:00am PST
that in these debates between obama and romney, obama and team bridge, whoever else they decide they want to put up, the nominees will be asked a question about this case or affirmative action. what position does this put the african american president in in? >> i think most americans are comfortable with the ibm of divert -- with the idea of diversity. this is not just a way for the university to select candidates based on their race but also the fact they have this additional process that enables people to get admitted in addition to the 10% plan. maybe how they admit their football players or their basketball players, the people who play polo. those who are interested in sports could understand why the university does not want to rely only on a 10% plan that admits the top 10% of their graduating class. they are looking for people who are going to add something to the atmosphere on campus. most americans would see that as being a reasonable approach. this is not a quota. we're talking about 1200 students in a university that has thousands of students. there is no evidence that this holistic revi